Menopause Specialist

Women's Care of Passaic

OB/GYN located in Passaic, NJ

Reaching menopause is a natural stage in a woman’s life, but it doesn’t always go smoothly. If you’re experiencing some of the unpleasant aspects of menopause, Diane Mustafa, MD, of Women’s Care of Passaic in New Jersey, is a board-certified gynecologist who has years of experience in helping women who are struggling with menopause. If your menopause symptoms are negatively affecting your quality of life, call the Passaic clinic today to arrange a consultation with Dr. Mustafa or use the online booking tool.

Menopause Q & A

What is menopause?

Menopause signifies the end of a woman’s reproductive ability. Menopause occurs when you haven’t had a period for a year, and it usually happens at around 51 years of age but can occur sooner or later.

Before you reach menopause, you go through a phase known as perimenopause that begins when your ovaries start producing less of estrogen and progesterone.

Some women experience a few troublesome side effects from menopause, but others may have problems that greatly affect their quality of life for several years.

What are the symptoms of menopause?

Typical symptoms of menopause include:

  • Hot flashes
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Night sweats
  • Depression
  • Mood swings
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Weight gain
  • Dry skin and thinning hair

During perimenopause, your periods become irregular, sometimes occurring more frequently to begin with before tapering off and finally stopping. This irregularity is a normal part of perimenopause.

What treatments are available for menopause symptoms?

You can alleviate the symptoms of menopause yourself by leading a healthy lifestyle. Cut down on habits like smoking and excessive alcohol consumption, exercise regularly, eat a well-balanced diet, watch your weight, and take time to relax. If you need help making lifestyle changes, Dr. Mustafa is happy to support you.

Treatments for menopause symptoms include vaginal estrogen to relieve dryness and low-dose antidepressants, anti-seizure medication, or medication for high blood pressure to relieve hot flashes. Dr. Mustafa also provides vaginal restoration therapy using MonaLisa Touch®, a laser treatment that restores vaginal tissue and can alleviate incontinence.

The main treatment for menopausal symptoms is hormone replacement therapy (HRT). This involves taking estrogen or a combination of estrogen and progesterone to replace the hormones your body is no longer producing. HRT can alleviate many of the symptoms of menopause, but there are certain risks involved, and it’s not suitable for all women.

Dr. Mustafa is likely to recommend therapies and screenings to help identify and prevent possible health issues that are more likely after menopause, such as osteoporosis, heart disease, and some types of cancers. Tests and therapies include:

  • Vitamin D supplements to strengthen bones
  • Medication to prevent osteoporosis
  • Thyroid function tests
  • Mammography
  • Colonoscopy
  • Triglyceride screening
  • Blood pressure monitoring
  • Kegel exercises to strengthen the pelvic floor

Taking care of your general health and seeing Dr. Mustafa is the best way to combat the effects of menopause. Call Women’s Care of Passaic now or book an appointment online.